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Welcome to the latest Independent Living news roundup.
23.10.19 Contents:
Macmillan grants
Change 100 internships
Super 1s Cricket
“Fall back” – Healthy sleep habits
The Access Survey 2019
Latest – Is housing the answer?
1. Macmillan grants

Another useful bit of intelligence gleaned from my attendance at Foundations’ DFG Roadshow in Newcastle.

Macmillan, the cancer support charity, can provide financial grants to help people living with cancer. The money can be used for anything the applicant needs because of their condition, including taking a short break.

Find out more here

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2. Change 100 internships

Applications are now open for Leonard Cheshire’s Change 100 paid internships.

These three-month summer placements are open to students and recent graduates with a disability or long-term condition.

The scheme was set up in 2014, to try and change the situation where a disproportionate number of disabled people are unemployed.

We have more information here

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3. Super 1s Cricket

The Lord’s Taveners Super 1s programme gives young people with disabilities aged 12-25 the chance to play cricket regularly.

Four young disability cricket Super 1s players were recently presented with an ‘Inspire Award’ at a celebration evening at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Read more here

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4. “Fall back” – Healthy sleep habits

The clocks go back this weekend. Do you embrace the idea of an extra hour in bed enthusiastically? Or does it just mean one more hour of tossing and turning?

The more we learn about sleep, the more essential we realise it is for overall health and well-being.

Cats may be able to sleep anywhere, but if you find it more of a struggle, read our top tips for sleeping well here!

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5. The Access Survey 2019

Euan’s Guide and Disabled Access Day are calling on disabled people and those closest to them to take part in the UK’s longest running Access Survey.

Now in its sixth year, the survey shows an increasing trend toward disabled people visiting places which have been recommended by someone with similar access requirements or where they can see pictures and read reviews before visiting.

You can access the survey here

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6. Latest – Is housing the answer?

…to what, you may ask? Well the crisis in adult social care, of course. We have all been waiting for the arrival of the Government’s Green Paper, which rumours now suggest has actually been written and circulated to relevant parties, with the exception of any information about funding.

According to 24Housing, a beefed-up role for specialist housing for older people is envisaged, with new legislation introducing better protections for residents and more accountability for developers.

Housing and social care should be working in tandem, but despite calls for joint policies continuing for over 20 years, there has been little evidence of this so far in most of the country.

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Until next time, best wishes,


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